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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
If the milieu subsists, Samajwadi Party may turn to another Congress 19 August, 2014
For sure, this is not for the very first time that the state of Uttar Pradesh has witnessed pure appeasement, sheer breaking of laws, and almost nil discipline. Even in the 1990s, when Mr. Mulayam Singh served the state as the Chief Minister, his love for a specific community was known to all.
Who can forget how he backed the men of the minority caste carrying illegal weapon alleging that violence against them demands such defensive measures. It has been decades now that the political combat of U.P. has just become community-centric, wherein voters of particular castes and communities are paid undeserving paybacks and freedom to go even against the law, to get hold of power.

It appears as if the police, the ministers, and even the men working in government departments have gone missing in the state. CM, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav appears concerned for the mishaps; however subsequent disasters prove that no one cares for the law. Why a few voters chose to go with the SP in 2012 is known to all; however such massive seats could not have been won without the support of all the residents of U.P. leaving some. And they elected SP candidates just because the reign of Mayawati could not give them what other states attained during those years. Now the same cluster speaks about better law and order condition from 2007 to 2012.

The recent episode of gang rape and forced religious conversion in Meerut could have occurred anywhere in the country; however would the criminals have been so relaxed anywhere else, or for that matter would the policemen have been so reckless? And then the authentic protest of another political group is looked upon as favoring communalism and disturbing the secularist setup.

What does 'secularism' mean to the SP leaders? Few appeasing words for a minority community, sanction of funds for just a particular cluster, and favor of even the wrongs committed are the only ways adopting which the SP has been trying to prove its secularism.

Over 600 incidents of communal hatred have been recorded by the policemen in the U.P, post the declaration of 2014 general polls. A report also reveals that every third of such mishap has occurred either in or nearby the constituencies, where assembly polls are scheduled over the next six months. And even when the state government alleges that the BJP is trying to violate the communal peace, do the policemen and other liable men forget that they have the ultimate control of power and are accountable for proper law and order in the state? Why aren't the SP supporters asked to act pro-actively with a view to curbing any unauthentic actions in the state?

I am afraid that if the milieu subsists, SP may come out as the next Congress in the 2017 polls. When everyone is aware of multiple power centers, laidback approach of the police,excessive freedom to a special cluster, and nil governance, why isn't the young and vibrant CM of the state ready to undertake corrective actions?

With Mr. Amit Shah as the head, the BJP is all set to blow away all the regional parties in case they continue ruling in the same old manner. Time has changed. Voters in the general polls of 2014 voted for prosperity, not for personal perks. If the governing lasts as same, the SP will just be left with a few voters and hell lot of accusations.

Lastly, another outlook of this milieu with respect to India's repute as a promising developing nation demands quick actions even by the new union government. The country cannot afford going back to 1950s and such other decades when communal peace was the most pressing aim. 

Today, Indians are anticipating for superior work prospects, quality education, and enhanced living standard. Until when would we scuffle to just bring harmony among communities? Even a trivial communal disturbance is a curse for the society. PM Modi will have to intervene in the U.P. milieu with a view to ensuring that the state government favours only legitimate acts.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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